Doctoral Supervisors

The Graduate College organises a range of seminars, workshops and conferences for doctoral students and their supervisors, to which experienced researchers in the Faculty of Education contribute.

Enquiries should be addressed to Dr Ruth Rogers or Dr Judy Durrant

Available EdD and PhD supervisors

Dr Rebecca Austin

  • Teaching Primary English as an NQT
  • The role of parents in children's education including the role of homework
  • The identity of learners in schools
  • Learning outside the classroom
  • Media education in primary schools
  • Alternative research methodologies

Dr Alan Bainbridge

  • Psychoanalysis and education
  • Education professional identity
  • Commodity fetishism in education
  • Well-being and mental health
  • Environment and sustainability
  • Digital technology in education
  • Narrative and biographical methods

Dr Barbara Bassot

  • Critically reflective practice
  • Career guidance
  • Social constructivist approaches, in particular the work of Vygotsky, and its application to career guidance theory and practice

Dr Chris Beighton

  • Teacher development
  • Lifelong, further and professional education
  • Creativity
  • Continental philosophy, esp. Deleuze, Foucault, Virilio
  • Discourse analysis
  • Qualitative research methods

Professor Berry Billingsley

  • Science education
  • Learning about Science and Religion
  • Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Online learning
  • Educational media
  • Exploring big questions such as questions raised by artificial intelligence, mental health within the school context character education

Professor Bob Bowie

  • Religious and human rights education
  • Faith beliefs and values in education
  • Fundamental British values
  • Christian education
  • The concept of dignity and post secularity in educational contexts

Dr Ann Casson

  • Faith schools in a plural society
  • Teaching and learning of other faith traditions in faith schools
  • Religious education and social cohesion
  • Christian education in England and Wales
  • Religious identity development of young people
  • Intercultural education, and students’ spiritual development

Dr Ann Chant

  • Career Learning and development and Vocational Education
  • Career Guidance, coaching and counselling
  • Creative approaches to qualitative research
  • Auto/biographical research
  • Personal and professional (career related) identity construction

Dr Sarah Christie

  • Motherhood and identity
  • Motherhood and social support
  • Interface of psychology and sociology of motherhood.
  • Parents and education
  • Digital technology and motherhood

Professor Trevor Cooling

  • Christian theology and education
  • Christian pedagogy
  • Anglican schools
  • Distinctively Christian education in a religiously diverse context
  • The development of a distinctively Christian approach to teaching and learning
  • Religious Education

Dr Laurent Dessberg

  • Philosophy of Education
  • French and German Philosophy
  • American Pragmatism

Dr Gina Donaldson

  • Deep subject knowledge of mathematics
  • Children’s mathematical thinking
  • Mathematical knowledge of primary teachers

Dr Patricia Driscoll

  • Early language learning and teaching
  • Pedagogy
  • Intercultural learning
  • Teacher development

Dr Judy Durrant

  • Professional identity and development
  • Teacher leadership and action research
  • Professional learning communities and organisational development
  • Creative and qualitative methodologies

Dr Ian Durrant

  • Organisational change and its impact on staff behaviour with an emphasis on public sector culture and management.
  • Workplace relationships both constructive and destructive. Workplace bullying and harassment, team building and transformative leadership.
  • Measuring the impact of policy and practice in the public sector using multi method designs.

Dr Alison Ekins

  • Special Educational Needs
  • Inclusive Education and Inclusive School Development
  • Whole school SEN processes

Dr Wilma Fraser

  • Autoethnography with analyses of aspects of wisdom in adult teaching and learning
  • Lifelong Education
  • Adult Education

Dr Peter Gregory

  • Art education
  • Leadership and governance
  • Partnership work with schools, cultural organisations and others involved in developing deeper learning opportunities

Professor Adrian Holliday

  • Cultural issues in TESOL professionalism
  • The politics of curriculum change
  • Intercultural communication

Dr Simon Hoult

  • Intercultural Learning 
  • Study Abroad
  • International Education
  • Geography Education
  • Initial Teacher Education

Dr Kristy Howells

  • Physical education
  • Physical activity
  • Primary education and teaching of physical education to young children

Dr Nicola Kemp

  • Children’s experiences of the natural environment
  • Alter-childhoods
  • Alternative approaches to early childhood education
  • Early childhood education for sustainability

Dr Marios Kostas

  • Gender and Curriculum
  • Social Identities (Gender, ‘Race’ and Social Class) in Educational Contexts
  • Children, Sexuality, and Sexualisation
  • Feminist Posthumanist Performativity, Intersectionality and Education

Dr Marianna Papadopoulou

  • Children's learning and development and educational applications
  • Young children's peer relationships, friendships and play and the ways these relate to developmental processes 
  • Educational Action Research with practitioners/teachers
  • Participatory research with children

Dr Robin Precey

  • Leadership and management
  • Leadership and organisational development

Dr Lynn Revell

  • Ethnicity and race in education
  • Islam
  • The representation of religions in education
  • Faith, beliefs and values in education
  • Extremism and radicalisation in education

Dr John-Paul Riordan

  • Secondary science
  • Conceptual change pedagogy (‘misconceptions’)
  • Grounded theory
  • Instructional strategy and pedagogy
  • Inclusion and special needs
  • Educational technology

Dr Ruth Rogers

  • Social Justice and Inclusion
  • Looked after children and adoption
  • Widening participation and youth at risk
  • Youth and communities on the 'margins'

Dr Sue Soan

  • Looked after children
  • Motor and coordination development
  • Autism
  • Able and Talented education
  • SEND
  • Inclusion
  • SLCN

Dr Paula Stone

  • Auto/biographical and narrative research approaches
  • Social and educational inequality based on class
  • Initial teacher education and developing the student teacher as practitioner researcher
  • Mentoring in education

Dr Gemma Van Vuuren-Cassar

  • Curricular innovation
  • Pedagogical domains
  • Assessments
  • Qualifications
  • Accreditation and employability in education
  • Physical education
  • Sport related domains
  • Health Enhancing Physical Activity
  • Learning, Teaching and Assessment in Higher Education

Dr Angela Voss

  • Imagination and spirituality
  • Hermetic, neoplatonic and esoteric philosophies and traditions
  • Transformative learning and intuitive/transpersonal research
  • Consciousness studies
  • Divination and symbolic interpretation
  • Art, music and culture (primarily classical world and Renaissance

Professor Linden West

  • People who live and work in marginalised communities
  • Racism and fundamentalism
  • Lifelong learning
  • Career guidance and counselling
  • Post-compulsory education
  • Auto/biographical imagination in professional practice

Dr Mary Wolley

  • History education
  • Teachers' lives and experiences of teaching
  • Historical research in education

How to apply

Applicants are strongly advised to explore the research interests of available supervisors and to contact the appropriate staff member before making a formal application.

Find out how to apply for a research degree


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